#1 Alabama 59, Vanderbilt 0
“Alabama, you’re next,” said Vanderbilt defensive lineman Nifae Lealao as he was being interviewed on the field following last week’s win over K-State. He was correct, because that’s how schedules work. Speaking of work, Lealao and his teammates got worked.
Alabama ran for an absurd 496 yards, led by 151 for Damien Harris. Two Alabama running backs, Harris and Bo Scarbrough (who had 79) eclipsed Vanderbilt’s total offense for the day (78 yards). That also just happened to be the passing yardage number for starting quarterback Jalen Hurts; backup Tua Tagovailoa threw for 103 and 2 third-quarter touchdowns. The only guys wearing black and gold who had more than 20 yards in the ledger by the end of the day were their kickoff returners.
It’s easy to look at this and become really depressed about K-State’s prospects, but different matchups have different results, and K-State just played a very poor game last week. Oh, and also, the rest of the Big 12 sucks. More on that as we proceed.
#2 Clemson 34, Boston College 7
This game was tied at 7 with 12 minutes to go. Then Clemson peeled off the mask they’d been wearing. Travis Etienne ran for 113 yards and two scores, while Kelly Bryant had 106 and a touchdown, as the Tigers racked up 342 rushing yards on the traditionally staunch Eagle defense.
Clemson will definitely remain in the two spot in the rankings, because
Baylor has already proven they’re not a good football team, and after one quarter it seemed like Oklahoma was on the way to a rout -- especially when Abdul Adams capped the first quarter with a 299-foot touchdown run after Baylor’s special teams downed a punt inches from the goal line.
Then Zack Smith went off, slinging four touchdown passes and piling up 463 yards on the Sooner defense, somehow leading the Bears to a 31-28 lead with just eighteen minutes left to play. But Baker Mayfield, who was pedestrian overall in throwing for 283 yards and three scores, picked up the pace late, and Trey Sermon carried the team to victory in the fourth quarter. Sermon scored twice in the closing frame, finishing with 148 yards to go along with the 164 provided by Adams. It was a 625 yard day for the Sooners. Baylor amassed 523, including 192 receiving yards (and three touchdowns) for Denzel Mims, but you can do math and see Baylor’s ultimate failure was being unable to run the ball.
It was ugly, but at least it was a win, which is more than any other Division I team from Oklahoma can say this morning.
#4 Penn State 21, Iowa 19
With 38 seconds remaining in the first quarter, this game was... well, a typical Penn State-Iowa game, as the Nittany Lions led by the giggle-worthy score of 5-0. Iowa scored on two big plays in the fourth quarter -- a 70-yard strike from Nathan Stanley to Akrum Wadley which was followed by a critical failed two-point conversion attempt, and a 35-yard run by Wadley with just 1:42 to play which should have iced the game for the Hawkeyes.
Iowa was stout in the red zone; Penn State poured out 579 yards of offense and had only two touchdowns to show for it; McSorley threw for 284 with a touchdown and a pick while Saquan Barkley ran for 211 and a score and added 94 yards receiving to give himself a 300-yard day. Iowa only had 273; Wadley accounted for 155 of that, while Stanley threw for 191.
#5 Southern California 30, California 20
Another case of waking up in the fourth quarter, as Cal tied the game at 13 with zeroes on the clock at halftime with a 21-yard Matt Anderson field goal and nobody did squat in the third quarter. After that, USC said “enough” and salted the game away in short order, putting up 17 points in under four minutes to start the final frame.
Turnovers were the story, as USC took the ball away from Cal six times on the night, including the dagger just two plays after Chase McGrath broke the logjam with a field goal a minute into the fourth — a Josh Fatu sack of Ross Bowers inside the Cal five which resulted in a fumble. Stephen Carr, who had 80 yards on the day, ran it in two plays later to put Cal on their heels. Sam Darnold only had 223 passing yards on the day, and Cal amazingly held USC to 356 yards. Bowers threw for 303, 110 to Kanawai Noa, but tossed four picks.
#16 Texas Christian 44, #6 Oklahoma State 31
Cue the tears in Stillwater, where the national championship hopes of the home team just got gutshot. It’s now, in theory, possible for the Cowboys to win out and still miss the Big 12 title game.
This game appeared to be in the bag three minutes into the third quarter when Darius Anderson rumbled in from six yards out for his second touchdown of the day to give TCU a 27-10 lead. But credit Oklahoma State for fighting back. Despite being unable to effectively stop the Frogs themselves, the Cowboys found themselves only trailing by six with three minutes to go after a one-yard run by Justice Hill cut the gap to 37-31. But just 26 seconds later, Anderson slammed home the dagger, dashing to the end zone for a third time, this one from 42 yards out.
Anderson finished with 160 yards, and Kenny Hill threw for 228, a touchdown, and a pick. Mason Rudolph, who was picked off twice, threw for 398 with two scores. TCU had a third interception, snaring Jalen McCleskey’s lone pass attempt. Hill ran for 102, and the Cowboys had two 100-yard receivers -- James Washington with 153 and a score, and Marcell Ateman with 100 even.
But for three quarters, TCU showed us something that will be very important for the other contenders in the Big 12: Oklahoma State can be stopped, and odds are they’re not stopping you. The question: which Big 12 team will take advantage of that and hand the Cowboys their second loss?
#7 Washington 37, Colorado 10
Colorado scored first, but it was basically all Washington after that. Myles Gaskin ran for 202 yards and two scores, and the Huskies methodically buried the Buffs in Boulder.
Both teams lost their starting quarterbacks. The game was still scoreless when Wilson Speight went down after being sacked on Michigan’s third drive. Houston transfer John O’Korn stepped into the breach and threw for 270 yards and a touchdown, and Michigan turned up the heat in the fourth quarter to coast to a win, largely because without quarterback David Blough -- lost in the second quarter -- Purdue was only able to manage 15 yards of offense after halftime.
#9 Wisconsin 0, Bye Week ∞
Bye weeks are the worst, man.
#10 Ohio State 54, Nevada-Las Vegas 21
It was 37-0 midway through the second quarter when Ohio State stepped off the gas, which is all you really need to know. J.T. Barrett had 209 yards passing in only 25 minutes, throwing touchdowns to five different receivers, Dwayne Haskins added 228 in relief, Parris Campbell and C.J. Saunders each had over 100 yards receiving, and J.K. Dobbins ran for 95 yards. UNLV? They had 264 yards of offense, most of it against Ohio State’s second string.
#11 Georgia 31, #17 Mississippi State 3
It was the Georgia defense that stood out in this one, as Mississippi State simply couldn’t get anything done. Georgia was content to let MSU run, but only allowed 103 yards through the air -- and it took Mississippi State 15 completions to even manage that. Three yards a catch is not a passing offense. For Georgia, Jake Fromm was efficient, going 9-12 for 201 yards and two scores, while Nick Chubb ran for 81 and scored twice as well.
North Carolina State 27, #12 Florida State 21
LOL. Florida State scored one touchdown.
It wasn’t for lack of trying. James Blackman threw for 278 and that lone score to Auden Tate , who had 138 yards receiving. But Ryan Finley threw for 230 and a pair, 112 to Jakobi Meyers , and Nyheim Hines had almost as many rushing yards (94) as Florida State had altogether (104). If it weren’t for four Ricky Aguayo field goals, the Seminoles wouldn’t even have been in the game.
#13 Virginia Tech 38, Old Dominion 0
The Hokie defense held their cross-state foe to 149 yards of offense, while Josh Jackson threw for 298 and three scores and led his team to an easy win. Cam Phillips had 106 yards receiving for Virginia Tech, and a host of ball carriers combined to rack up 271 yards on the ground.
#14 Miami (FL) 52, Toledo 30
The first quarter belonged to Miami, but the second was Rocket land as Toledo surged forth to take a 16-10 lead into halftime. But Miami scored 28 uncontested points over the next 20 minutes, and while Toledo fought back to make it a one-score game with seven minutes left, Miami threw a couple more shovels of dirt on the grave to seal the win.
The teams combined for over 1000 yards of offense. For the Canes, Malik Rosier threw for 333 yards and three scores, 105 and one to Braxton Berrios, while Mark Walton ran for 204 yards and a score. Logan Woodside threw for 342 and three for Toledo, who also had a 100-yard receiver in Cody Thompson (114).
No one player stood out; Auburn distributed the ball to a lot of people in piling up 482 yards of offense. Missouri couldn’t run the ball effectively while Auburn could, and four Mizzou turnovers were largely responsible for this being 51-14 rather than, say, 34-31.
LOL, anyway. Missouri is bad.
#18 Washington State 45, Nevada 7
The Dread Pirate’s Crew held Nevada to 151 yards of offense while gaining 560 themselves, Luke Falk throwing for 478 yards and five touchdowns. Wazzu even ran the ball a little, although the final total of 55 yards looks more anemic than the reality because the Cougars ate 61 yards in sacks. So shoutout to Cougar running back Jamal Morrow, who actually had 73 yards in one game! Otherwise, a pedestrian rout.
#19 Louisville 42, Kent State 3
Lamar Jackson went 299-2-2, and the Cardinals just rolled their hapless MAC opponent.
Florida is living a charmed life. For the second time in as many weeks, the Gators scored a last-minute touchdown to seize victory from the jaws of defeat. With eight minutes left, Kentucky led by 13, but Florida was undeterred. This time, it was Freddy Swain snagging a five-yard pass from Luke Del Rio with 43 seconds left to break Kentucky’s back.
#21 South Florida 43, Temple 7 (Thursday)
Temple committed 6 turnovers and only managed 85 yards of offense. Darius Tice had 117 yards rushing for the Bulls, and scored twice, and that would have been enough on its own.
#22 San Diego State 28, Air Force 24
In a weather-delayed and wet slog in Colorado Springs, San Diego State spotted America 9 points then went on to outscore the Falcons 28-15. Rashaad Penny ran for 128 yards and three scores to lead the Aztecs, including the clinching 53-yarder to give San Diego State the lead with 5:39 to go.
Utah seemed comfortably on the way to a win, leading 30-17 in the final three minutes. But Brandon Dawkins threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Tony Ellison, and then Arizona got the ball back again on an onside kick.
They immediately fumbled on the next snap, recovered by Utah; able to force a three-and-out, Dawkins then threw an interception and that was that. Indeed, Arizona committed five turnovers on the night, shooting themselves in both feet, both hands, and somewhere else uncomfortable.
Arizona State 37, #24 Oregon 35
Although the Devils had been in control most of the game, Oregon took a 35-34 lead with 6:41 to go on a 4-yard Justin Herbert touchdown run. But four minutes later, Brandon Ruiz hit a 41-yard field goal to put Arizona State back on top, and the defense held on for once to give the Sun Devils a win.
Herbert threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns, while Manny Wilkins had 347 and a score for ASU. Wilkins had two big targets: N’Keal Harry had 170 receiving yards, while Jalen Harvey added 133.
#25 Louisiana State 35, Syracuse 26
With just over five minutes left in the third quarter, LSU held a 28-10 lead. A safety, a 14-yard run by Eric Dungey, and a 22-yard connection between Dungey and Steve Ishmael (132 yards on the night) found the Orange within two fifteen minutes later. But with 1:52 to go, D.J. Chark busted off a 20-yard touchdown run, and that was that.
Remaining Big 12 contests, as well as more on those mentioned above, will be discussed later this week by wildcat00.
And now comes the time when we simply list scores for you to laugh at, although it’s a short list this week.